This unique four-volume encyclopedia examines the historical significance of fashion trends, revealing the social and cultural connections of clothing from the precolonial times to the present day.
This sweeping overview of fashion and apparel covers several centuries of American history as seen through the lens of the clothes we wear—from the Native American moccasin to Manolo Blahnik's contribution to stiletto heels. Through four detailed volumes, this work delves into what people wore in various periods in our country's past and why—from hand-crafted family garments in the 1600s, to the rough clothing of slaves, to the sophisticated textile designs of the 21st century.
More than 100 fashion experts and clothing historians pay tribute to the most notable garments, accessories, and people comprising design and fashion. The four volumes contain more than 800 alphabetical entries, with each volume representing a different era. Content includes fascinating information such as that beginning in 1619 through 1654, every man in Virginia was required to plant a number of mulberry trees to support the silk industry in England; what is known about the clothing of enslaved African Americans; and that there were regulations placed on clothing design during World War II. The set also includes color inserts that better communicate the visual impact of clothing and fashion across eras.
- Covers the fashions of all economic levels of Americans from the indigent to the very wealthy, from T-shirts to architecturally sculptured gowns and suits
- Includes hundreds of illustrations, sidebars, and primary documents to illuminate important areas of interest and encourage active learning
- Addresses topics such as the formal wear of the Belle Epoque era, hairstyles of the Empire Revival, haute couture, and the evolution of clothes for teenagers
- Presents four full-color photographic essays of clothing styles throughout American history
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"Any library with patrons interested in these topics will find this set a valuable set to have."
"The work is an expertly produced reference resource that will enhance collections supporting theater and apparel studies as well as programs in the humanities and social-science disciplines. Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels."
"[T]he scope of materials covered is indeed impressive and more than suitable for quick reference. . . . VERDICT For institutional fashion departments and libraries with interested patrons."
Best Reference 2015 — Library Journal
2016 Editors' Top Community College Resources - Reference — Choice
2017 Best Reference Source — RUSA
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